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Jewish Theological Seminary of America

3080 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

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The Art of Healing is a one-day conference where participants draw on their creativity and explore the healing that can happen through artistic expression. All are invited to discover the many ways art fosters healing for body and soul. Workshops will include drumming, creative writing, dance/movement, visual arts, meditation, liturgy creation, comics, poetry and more. Each participant will select a morning session and an afternoon session, as described below, during the registration process. Each session has limited seating, available on a first come basis. For more information or if the conference is sold out, please email


8:45 Registration

9:45 Welcome Address

10:00 Opening Program - Before, Under, and Beyond Words: Exploring Niggunim, the Quiet Moments and the Rhythmic Pulses in Spiritual Care

Start the day with music, movement and storytelling as we come together in the fullness of our diversity and the richness of our multi-faith traditions. Featuring Fre Atlast, Dr. Nitin Ron and Rabbi Simkha Weintraub.

11:45 Morning Workshops

1:00 Lunch

1:40 Minha/Meditation

2:00 Afternoon Workshops

3:30 Closing Program
An opportunity to pause at the end of the day and integrate the experiences in community.


The Power of the Drum

Fre Atlast

Explore the transformative qualities of drumming, singing, music, and movement as a tool to enhance the healing process.

Fre Atlast is a Multi-instrumental Performer, Producer, Resident Teaching Artist, Composer, Foley Artist, Community Activist, and one of the charter members of the Rosendale Theatre Collective.

A Journey Through the Body to Find Wisdom for Healing

Tara Sherman, MD

Participants will experience the power of the body and its movement as a vehicle for deep exploration of various themes that are encountered in the caregiving relationship.

Dr. Tara Sherman is a Board-certified psychiatrist in New York with over 25 years of experience. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Mount Sinai Medical School and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Tara was a former dancer with the School of American Ballet and performed with the NY City Ballet Company.

Creating Liturgies of Transition: The Ritual of Being in the Moment

Kathleen Mandeville

Transitions are about being in harmony with change; we stand in the gateway of the unknown. Ritual in times of transition are opportunities to be present to what is happening by midwifing and marking these moments. We use whatever is at hand, which always appears if we are truly present. For this workshop, we will create a liturgy of transition together, drawing on each other’s resources.

Kathleen Mandeville has long been engaged with the creation of community through the integration of performance, landscape, program, hospitality and ceremony. She is an ordained Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York.

Preventing and Managing Burn Out Using Mindfulness: An Evidence-Based Approach

Dr. Nitin Ron and Greg Rills

Our workshop will focus on preventing and managing burnout by using mindfulness techniques including guided narrative meditation and sound-based meditation. The workshop will conclude with take-home strategies that can be applied both at home and in the workplace.

Dr. Nitin Ron is a pediatrician and neonatologist (a baby doctor!) and loves high altitude hiking and mountaineering. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital (affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College).

Greg Rills has spent the last 3 plus years studying the Science of Sound and it's effects on consciousness. He studied directly with the revered sound researcher, Alexandre Tannous ( a giant in the field of Sound Research, Consciousness and Meditation. He received certification as a Sound Therapist from the Integrative Sound and Music Institute in NYC. He uses sound in his healing work both individually and in group meditations.

Being Mortal/Being Alive

Rachel Ettun

In this workshop we will explore our being alive through facing death. We will ask ourselves questions about courage and vulnerability. Through deep listening, reading and writing, using gentle art expression and some dialogue exercises we will meet with the possibility of change and renewal within ourselves and the possibility of expanding our being by walking mindfully through transitions, facing the unknown and creating blessings for our life’s journey.

Rachel Ettun, MA is the founder and CEO of Haverut, a family therapist, and an expert in accompanying families and individuals who cope with illness, crisis and loss. Spiritual Caregiver and mentor Group facilitator for medical and therapeutic personnel, for awareness development and spiritual support.

Healing Through the Writing of Poetry

Rev. Paul Steinke

Paul’s belief and the workshop’s motto is "Poetry gives life as nothing else can." This workshop will explore the ways poetry gives life to the reader and to the writer.

Rev. Paul Steinke, a Lutheran, was a parish pastor for ten years and has been a CPE Supervisor since 1977.

A Movement Workshop

Judy Stern

This workshop is based on the principles of The Alexander Technique and Chi Quong. It will emphasize the idea that Health and Movement are essential to maintaining a sense of wellbeing.

Judy Stern is a physical therapist and a teacher of the Alexander Technique with 50 years of experience working with people in pain and in need of rehabilitation.


The Public Journal

Ellen de Jonge-Ozeri

In this workshop, Ellen will share her journal process and the impact her writing had on her understanding of life, sickness, family, and love.

Ellen de Jonge-Ozeri came to blogging as a worldwide traveler with her husband, photojournalist, Zion Ozeri. Ellen has found humor and emotion in the mundane, discovering stories in the communities they have visited.

Content Warning: Cancer.

Paper Relief Self Portraits

Judith Eloise Hooper

Making self-portraits out of construction paper either by tearing the paper or cutting with scissors. The paper is molded to make it a 3D relief sculpture by crunching, folding and or curling the paper. I always say the portrait can be how you see yourself or how you think others see you or how you want to be seen. The result can be simple or complex, abstract, cartoonish or realistic but the process itself should be fun and freeing and often ends up being collaborative with people helping one another.

Judith Eloise Hooper has always been an artist. Art for Judith is her journey beginning at Pratt Institute studying Fashion design. She worked for several years in the fashion design industry as a fashion illustrator. Judith best describes herself by saying she is an artist who just likes making things.

Comics and talking about the End of Life

Lois Perelson-Gross and MK Czerwiec

Patients, families, health and spiritual care providers are increasingly making and reading comics to unpack experiences of health, illness, disability, and caregiving. In this workshop, participants will first be introduced to Lois' mini-comic anthology, "Never the Right Time.” Participants will then be encouraged to embrace and build upon their own existing visual style by making drawings and creating comics.

Lois Perelson-Gross, a Narrative Medicine and advanced care planning educator and Chaplain.

MK Czerweic, a cartoonist and nurse, believes that comics, by virtue of combining text and image, are uniquely equipped to generate conversations about and novel insights into experiences of illness, end of life and caregiving.

"Since you awoke this morning, and even before, you've been telling a story"

Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub

Come explore a biblical story and the midrashic spin around it, a Talmudic Mashal, a medieval Jewish folktale, a Hasidic story (or three!), and a contemporary Jewish story. Learn how storytelling creates and shapes who we are and how we understand the world around us, and can help build a relationship of "fellow traveling

Simkha Y. Weintraub, CSW, is the Rabbinic Director of the National Center for Jewish Healing and the New York Jewish Healing Center.

Sound Bath

Jessica Caplan

Sound is a potent tool for transformation. Incorporating instruments with healing frequencies, sound baths help to release physical, mental and emotional stress, encourage deep relaxation, and even enable access to higher states of consciousness. This transformative, deeply meditative 75-minute experience of sound and music opens with breath work to set up body and mind for relaxation. You're then guided into a supported pose, which allows you to melt into the soothing waves of vibration.

Jessica Caplan is a certified sound therapist, vocalist and yoga instructor currently based in the Hudson Valley. She creates unique yoga and meditative sound experiences, workshops, retreats and trainings that weave her passions for music as medicine, the voice as sacred channel, and the power of community and self-connection.

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Jewish Theological Seminary of America

3080 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

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Organizer The Center for Pastoral Education

Organizer of Art of Healing 2019

Every day, spiritual leaders are called on to provide comfort, guidance, and support to people in crisis. The Center for Pastoral Education has set a new standard in preparing them to receive these calls, through a transformative educational process that is grounded in Jewish tradition, and open and relevant to people of all faiths. 

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